I’m not sure where the this year has gone but it’s almost Easter! Spring almost appeared just before St Patricks Day but seems to have retreated back into the daydreams of the media. I’m sure it will happen!
It’s been another busy few months for me. January was the IMCAS conference in Paris. This is one of the largest cosmetic medicine conferences in the world and this year I travelled on my own. This allowed me the opportunity to look at the things that interest me and my patients the most. Honestly, the most fascinating part was people/practitioner watching. There were some seriously overtreated faces walking around. It makes you wonder what their patients look like! At the meeting, I attended a session on thread lifts that left me unimpressed with them. At best, their longevity is questionable. At worst, they could be very dangerous. I won’t be doing them anytime soon.
February was a bit of a milestone for me. I turned 40 years old. I caught up with friends and family and took a trip to (a very cold) New York. I had a couple of Neostrata glycolic peels and some IPL to get my skin up to scratch.
Into March and I’ve been lucky to be asked to help with the UK launch of Belotero+ Volume, a hyaluronic acid dermal filler indicated for cheek, temple and chin augmentation. It is a wonderful product, made from a tried and tested agent by a large, well regarded and trusted company. I’m very excited to introduce it into my practice alongside existing products. For the first time ever, I performed a filler treatment on stage in front of a live studio audience. It was exciting but I’d be lying if I said that I wasn’t nervous! Since then, I’ve been teaching and discussing techniques with colleagues in Dublin, Belfast, Edinburgh and next week, in Manchester.
Also new to the practice is Ultherapy. This really is the gold standard nonsurgical treatment for skin laxity. It uses high energy ultrasound pulses to target deep under the skin, producing a tightening effect for the lower face and neck and, to lift the eyebrows. I’m travelling to the World Anti-aging Congress in Monaco this week to be trained on how to use the machine. I needed a model for treatment so Sue agreed to come along for the trip. It didn’t take too much convincing!
2015 has been a great year so far. As always, thanks for your continued support. I look forward to seeing you soon!